There has been much speculation about the goings-on regarding Boris Johnson's phone number in recent times, but it turns out you don't need to be a Brexit-supporting billionaire or a high-end interior designer to get a personal line to the PM.
So, apparently Johnson has had the same phone number for more than a decade, and that is causing the Downing Street security team some headaches.
It all stems from a press release from 2006 that was acquired by The Independent after being initially discovered by Popbitch at the time.
Despite all of this press, the Prime Minister has reportedly failed to change his personal phone number.
He can't be that technologically advanced, though. His WhatsApp profile reportedly still has the default image and caption text on it.
'Hey, one of the world's recognisable statesmen is using WhatsApp'.
However, there is a serious side to this.
Senior officials are pretty worried about the fact that the leader of the UK government's private mobile phone number is so readily available.
Former UK national security adviser Lord Ricketts said that it was in the Prime Minister's 'own interest to be much more digitally secure than seems to be the case now'.
He told BBC Radio 4: "I'm talking really of the most senior politicians in sensitive positions, whose phone conversations might well include sensitive material, commercially sensitive material, people trying to lobby them for favours, or tax advantages, or talks with foreign leaders,"
He continued: "And there, I think you do have to accept, just as you do - you can't just walk around on your own and talk to anyone you like - equally you shouldn't be in a position where anyone who once had your phone number can get to you when you are a prime minister.
"And that's one of the inconveniences of being prime minister but it's for their own sake and their own protection really, that access to them ought to be controlled and monitored."
Earlier this week, Sir James Dyson - the aforementioned billionaire - denied attempting to 'extract favours' from Johnson after a text message conversation between the pair was leaked.
Johnson allegedly gave assurances to Dyson that his overseas staff wouldn't pay additional tax provided they came to the UK to work on a ventilator project as part of the UK's coronavirus response.
Johnson said that he'd 'fix' the issue.
Downing Street has declined to comment on the matter.
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